Information Leaflet for Mentoring New Staff Members
This leaflet is designed as an aid to help mentors when supporting new members of staff within the organisation; it will outline some procedures and be a useful reference point in education and training
What are your roles as a teacher?
As a teacher, one of your main roles is to motivate your learners to develop their ability and aspiration to learn.
Your ultimate aim is to enable your learners to understand how to take responsibility for their own development. You can do this by planning and preparing teaching and learning activities that take account of the needs and well-being of individual learners as well as groups of ...view middle of the document...
This will include keeping accurate records of recruitment, retention, achievement and progression of your group, as well as evaluation of how these can be improved;
* Keeping accurate records of individual learners’ progress and future needs. This is often recorded in the form of an individual learning plan (ILP);
* Providing learners with appropriate points of referral as required (who to contact).
Working with other professionals
Other professionals and support staff play a vital part in delivering the outcomes. Part of your role will be working with them during the learner’s development, liaising with these, such as the following:
* Learner involvement coordinator
* Learner support officer
* Learning support staff (LSA’s)
* Careers advisor
* Health advisor
* Attendance monitor
* Student finance officer
* Information officer
* Inclusive learning team
* The safeguarding team
* Pastoral Team
* Medical staff
They are there to support you in your teaching role giving expert advice and guidance during their time as a learner; they are experts and professionals in their fields and are there for learners to be referred to when issues arise, without these professionals the learners needs will not be met.
Boundaries between the teaching role and other professional roles
As a teacher we are required to maintain appropriate standards and fulfil our responsibilities to learners. This is achieved by setting professional and personal boundaries which will enable us to be clear about what our limits are and what our teaching role and other professional roles involve. These boundaries could have a negative effect on us as teachers as well as other professionals within the organisation. We therefore need to deal with these boundaries by referring to the Institute for Learning's (IfL) Code of Practice (2008) which outlines the behavior’s expected of teachers. When learners divulge certain information it is vitally important that they are referred to the correct professional, even if we are informed in confidence, as a teacher we have a duty of care to our learners to inform the correct agencies.
Points of referral
Professionals are important for all learners, including those with a disability, developmental delay or other additional needs, welfare issues and medical issues, who may require the support of professionals across several settings and disciplines. They are...